EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ —East Brunswick Public Library (2 Jean Walling Civic Center) is teaming up with the New Jersey Council for the Humanities and the East Brunswick Friends of the Library for The Path To 2020 program series.
The goal of this three-part series is for the community to discuss and learn about election issues in a non-partisan environment. The first program, Women’s Suffrage and the 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment, is on Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 pm. This presentation explores the struggle for U.S. women to obtain the right to vote, which was finally won through the adoption of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920. Historical photographs will be shown, as well as an in-depth look into New Jersey’s Alice Paul, who was instrumental in the amendment’s passing.
Women’s Suffrage is led by attorney Sharon M. Hallanan, an active member of the New Jersey State Bar Foundation’s Speaker’s Bureau. She previously worked for the State of New Jersey as a Deputy Attorney General and as a Supervising Attorney in the New Jersey Court’s office of Central Appellate Research.
The series continues with Carlos L. Yordan’s program Can Social Media Help Us Explain Different Political Events on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm. He explores how we can mine and analyze people's social media postings in different platforms to get a better sense of people's reactions to different political events, including BREXIT, the 2016 Presidential Election and terrorist attacks. The presentation also examines how political candidates’ social media activity helps us understand their popularity and the relevance of their ideas.
Yordan is an Associate Professor of Political Science and International Relations at Drew University, where he also directs their Semester on the United Nations program. He completed his Ph.D. in International Relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science and has held teaching and visiting research positions at: the University of Maine, Hamilton College, Cornell University's Peace Studies Program, the University of Alabama Birmingham and Rutgers-Newark's Division of Global Affairs.
The spring program series ends on Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 pm with Who Really Elects The President: The Workings Of The Electoral College. In this program, participants will learn about this history of the Electoral College and how it works through a first-hand account.
This is led by Frank Argote-Freyre, an Associate Professor at Kean University. He earned his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in Latin American History. Frank received a NJCH Honor Book designation in 2007. He was an elector for the Electoral College in 2012.
All three of these programs are free and open to the public. For additional information about upcoming programs held at the East Brunswick Public Library, visit www.ebpl.org.